So, I have an old laptop with a HDD drive which is kinda slow, and I foolishly bought a cheap SSD for it a while back because I knew it had a second hard drive bay.
But then it turned out that it needs a special caddy/bracket which isn’t included with the laptop, and because it’s an old laptop it ends up being ridiculously hard/expensive to get one. I’d have to import one.
So, I’m thinking, if I just plug in the SSD to the sata connector and secure it as best I can, and then maybe use a bit of rubber or foam as a spacer, would that be a terrible idea?
It seems like it might be risky with an HDD, but less so with a SSD…?
I actually have 2 laptops with second drive bays.
Laptop A: Old. Never Moves. Has a 500Gb HDD that’s pretty full.
Plan was to put in 256Gb SSD to speed it up and move HDD with stuff like photos to the second bay. But second bay needs not only caddy but some kind of L shaped sata adapter. Grr.
Laptop B: New. Rarely moves but might. Has a 256Gb SSD.
Second bay needs caddy, but not L adapter. I guess I could move the data HDD into this one’s second bay, but then I’d be more worried about it as it’d be an HDD and more likely to be moved.
Easiest would be to just stick the second SDD in laptop B to double its storage space, but then it doesn’t do anything to speed up old laptop A.
Why do they do this crap with caddies and adapters. I guess it’s to sell extra parts, but they must sell so few that they stop selling them pretty soon, don’t sell them in a lot of regions, and so it’s just a pain in the butt.